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Favorite ThisPretty Lights Music Releases Bonnaroo Recap, Signs Gramatik

Published: June 16, 2011

Pretty Lights Music has been super busy, of late. The man behind the label, Derek Vincent Smith, blew the doors off That Tent at Bonnaroo. Tents don't even have doors, so the fact that he was able to do that should make people nervous. If RadioEditAV had not been there to capture the mayhem, you might think we're lying. Thankfully, the 3-hour performance was indeed recorded for posterity, and even boiled down for those unfortunate enough to miss out.

The Bonnaroo video recap is set to an unreleased Pretty Lights track, "I Know the Truth." The track opens in typical PL fashion: snappy hip-hop beat, throw back vocals, flowery synth runs, but just like the recent NIN/Nirvana/Radiohead remix, Smith's new stuff is just getting dirtier and dirtier. The drop features a decidedly evil bass, reminiscent of Prodigy's "Firestarter." Just filthy. As DVS files out of That Tent, he's slapping the hands of fans to Dead Prez's "Hip-hop." It's a funny choice, as that song perfectly encapsulates the new PL aesthetic. Hip-hop, with a full dose of that evil wobble. Catch him this weekend at Governor's Ball in New York.

On top of that smashing festival success, PLM is taking care of business on the home front, signing Gramatik to the burgeoning roster. The Slovenian producer has been steadily rising through the ranks of hip-hop, mid-tempo, and glitch artists, and is having a breakout Summer on the festival circuit, with upcoming dates at Sonic Bloom, Halfway to Forecastle in mid-July, and a Red Rocks appearance with Pretty Lights. To commemorate the signing, Gramatik has released a track from his forthcoming PLM debut, Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1. The track is "So Much for Love," and boy is it funky. A driving beat is coupled with glitched out vocals and an irresistible string melody. Blending soul and jazz with fresh and forward-thinking production, it's a good thing PLM snapped him up fast, 'cause this guy is on the move.

In addition to the regularly-scheduled tour dates, which take PL on a short European tour with his musical hero DJ Shadow, there has been an October date added in Tuscaloosa, AL. The city was recently devastated by tornadoes and powerful storms, resulting in a great deal of deaths, injuries, and property damage. The bonus date will serve as a benefit show for the people of Tuscaloosa. Tickets go on sale June 24th.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

Jun. 18 Governors Ball Music Festival Governors Island, NY ALL VARIES
Jun. 20 Amager Bio w/ DJ Shadow Copenhagen, Denmark ALL 270 DKK
Jun. 21 Train w/ DJ Shadow Aarhus, Denmark ALL 200 DKK
Jun. 22 Oslo Live Festival Oslo, Norway ALL VARIES
Jun. 23 UEA w/ DJ Shadow Norwich, UK ALL 17.50L
Jun. 26 Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury, UK ALL SOLD OUT
Jun. 25 Eden Sessions with Pendulum Cornwall, UK ALL 37.50L
Jun. 30 Club 9one9 Victoria, BC 19+ $20
Jul. 1 Celebrites Vancouver, BC 19+ $25
Jul. 3 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI ALL VARIES
Jul. 9 Camp Bisco Mariaville, NY ALL VARIES
Jul. 14 The Pageant St. Louis, MO ALL $24
Jul. 15 Halfway to Forecastle Louisville, KY ALL VARIES
Jul. 16 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV ALL VARIES
Jul. 22 Evolve Music Festival Antigonish, Nova Scotia ALL VARIES
Jul. 23 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON 19+ $20
Jul. 29 CAMP London, UK ALL 7.50L
Jul. 30 Audioriver Festival Plock, Poland ALL 150 PLN
Aug. 5 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL ALL VARIES
Aug. 12 The Fillmore Denver, CO 16+ $37.50
Aug. 13 Red Rocks Morrison, CO ALL SOLD OUT
Aug. 24 Identity Festival Tampa, FL 16+ VARIES
Aug. 25 Identity Festival Miami, FL 16+ VARIES
Aug. 27 Identity Festival The Woodlands, TX 16+ VARIES
Aug. 28 Identity Festival Dallas, TX 16+ VARIES
Aug. 30 Identity Festival Albuquerque, NM 16+ VARIES
Sept. 2 Identity Festival Chula Vista, CA 16+ VARIES
Sept. 3 Identity Festival Mountain View, CA 16+ VARIES
Sept. 6 Grand Sierra Theater Reno, NV ALL $30
Sept. 9 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR ALL $28
Sept. 10 Identity Festival George, WA 16+ VARIES
Sept. 11 Big Sky Brewery Amphitheater Missoula, MT ALL $28
Sept. 16 Austin City Limits Austin, TX ALL VARIES
Oct. 13 Tuscaloosa Benefit Tuscaloosa, AL ALL VARIES

Tags: BreaksDowntempoDrum and BassDubstepElectroGlitchHip HopHouseLivetronica